IMDb > Islands in the Stream (1977)
Islands in the Stream
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Islands in the Stream (1977) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 10 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
6.6/10   884 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 2% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Contact:
View company contact information for Islands in the Stream on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
2 August 1977 (Denmark) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
An isolated sculptor is visited by his three sons just before the start of WWII. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Ernest's fantasy war See more (19 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

George C. Scott ... Thomas Hudson

David Hemmings ... Eddy

Gilbert Roland ... Captain Ralph

Hart Bochner ... Tom

Susan Tyrrell ... Lil
Richard Evans ... Willy

Claire Bloom ... Audrey
Julius Harris ... Joseph

Brad Savage ... Andrew
Michael-James Wixted ... David
Hildy Brooks ... Helga Ziegner
Jessica Rains ... Andrea
Walter Friedel ... Herr Ziegner
Charles Lampkin ... Constable

Directed by
Franklin J. Schaffner 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ernest Hemingway  story
Denne Bart Petitclerc 

Produced by
Peter Bart .... producer
Max Palevsky .... producer
Ken Wales .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
 
Cinematography by
Fred J. Koenekamp 
 
Film Editing by
Robert Swink 
 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
 
Production Design by
William J. Creber 
 
Art Direction by
John Dapper 
 
Set Decoration by
Raphael Bretton 
 
Makeup Department
Del Acevedo .... makeup artist
Lola 'Skip' McNalley .... hair stylist
Rick Sharp .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Francisco Day .... unit production manager
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... executive production manager: Paramount (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kurt Neumann .... assistant director
Lorin Bennett Salob .... second assistant director (as Lorin B. Salob)
 
Art Department
Donald L. Nobles .... construction coordinator (as Don Nobles)
Ernie Sawyers .... property master
 
Sound Department
Howard Beals .... sound effects editor
C. Darin Knight .... sound mixer (as Darin Knight)
John Wilkinson .... sound re-recording mixer (as John K. Wilkinson)
 
Special Effects by
Kevin Pike .... special effects assistant
Alex Weldon .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas Laughridge .... camera operator (as Tom Laughridge)
John Murray .... key grip
Gene Stout .... gaffer
 
Music Department
June Edgerton .... music editor
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
Harry Bluestone .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Dennis Budimir .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Larry Bunker .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Jerry Goldsmith .... conductor (uncredited)
Artie Kane .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Joe Porcaro .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • Intrada  score album released by (Excalibur Collection)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Boys" - USA (segment title)
"The Island" - USA (segment title)
"The Journey" - USA (segment title)
"The Woman" - USA (segment title)
See more »
Runtime:
104 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-12 | France:U | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (2005) | USA:PG
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Some movie posters for the film featured a long text preamble that read: "HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN SINCE YOU'VE SEEN A REALLY GOOD MOVIE? Since you really fell in love with a picture. Where you felt a movie instead of just seeing one. Since you forgot you were in a theatre and thought you were in someone else's life. When you lost yourself in a story. Since you saw a movie that said something about life and love that you will take with you in your heart and mind long after the evening's over. How long has it been since you've seen a really good movie? If it's been too long then see 'Islands In The Stream'."See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When the boat is slowly cruising up the river in Cuba looking for refugees, a crew member's hand can be seen moving tree branches away from the camera.See more »
Quotes:
Andrew:I'm only asking me if you want me to stay so you wouldn't be lonesome.
Eddy:I've never been lonesome in my life, now. I'm just happy. What I've got here makes me happy.
See more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
12 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Ernest's fantasy war, 11 October 2004
Author: Oct (wjphillips@clara.co.uk) from London, England

Carved out of the abandoned wreckage of his 'Land, Sea and Air' trilogy by literary salvage experts, 'Islands in the Stream' is Hemingway's wish-fulfilment seascape. In life, he made a nuisance of himself during World War Two: he cruised the Caribbean on an armed boat purporting to hunt German submarines, before getting in the way during the liberation of Paris. In the novel-- published long after Hemingway shot himself-- his alter ego, Tom Hudson, actually contacts the enemy and bests him, while learning lessons about selfishness and sacrifice.

Hudson is not a writer but a sculptor, and needless to say a macho one: he fashions cast-iron abstracts with a blowtorch like a real workman. It is 1940 and he has run away from Europe and its war, but he is sound at heart, treating Julius Harris as an equal. And he knows how to party, carousing in his adopted West Indian hideout on Queen Mary's birthday: a pointer to Hemingway's latter-day Anglophilia, like Hudson's friendship with David Hemmings's cockney "rummy".

Like Papa, Tom is free with advice on how to live. He has problems relating to his three sons and the divorced wife for whom he still carries a torch, but he makes his peace with them en route to a rendezvous with heroic self-sacrifice. Claire Bloom, popping in as the ex-wife, is quietly competent, no more.

It's episodic and quite conventional stuff, slipping down easily. Jerry Goldsmith's lush score is too obtrusive at times, nudging the spectator in the direction Franklin Schaffner wants. Scott's gruff, grizzled Hudson is like most of this great bear's characterisations, simpatico below his rebarbative surface. The adventurous redemption towards the end comes after a whole lot of talk and brooding, sugar-coated by gorgeous Caribbean scenery. The youngest son's struggle to land a big fish is almost all the action you get until an hour has passed.

This film was a letdown at the box office and for the main participants. Schaffner was on the creative descent which took him from 'Patton' to 'Yes, Giorgio' in 13 years. Co-star Hemmings, never the most distinctive of personalities, had begun to lose his Swinging Sixties prettiness, turning into a portly actor-director. For Scott, his Patton, 'Islands in the Stream' was intended as a comeback vehicle... but he was no longer stretching his talent .

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (19 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Islands in the Stream (1977)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
I love this movie. Maulkie
Remake s-taylor06
DVD - Islands in the Stream JRWSLW
Islands in the Stream rameeks01
Remake? Lenny64
Did I miss something Lenny64
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Day of the Dolphin Paradise, Texas Libertad The Last of the Blonde Bombshells A River Runs Through It
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.